2018 FBA Season/18.05.14

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Monday, May 14
HNT Button HNT.png 127 W
BGR Button BGR.png 122 Cave logo.png
BAL Button BAL.png 104 W
WIL Button WIL.png 101 Cave logo.png
PIT Button PIT.png 115 W
TEN Button TEN.png 102 Cave logo.png
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Huntsville Mayors @ Bangor Tides

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Mayors 34 21 34 38 127
Tides 31 22 29 40 122
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Arena: Shawshank Stadium - Bangor, ME

Player of the Game: Harrison York (Martial Eagle, F/C) - 21 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl
Promo: Playoffs Round 1 Game 5

   

 Harrison York

Tashira Rucson here representing FurSports-dot-net, and I'm at the Shawshank Stadium in Bangor, Maine for Game Five of the first round between host Tides and the Huntsville Mayors whom surprised their opponents with a win in Game Four, preventing a Tide sweep. There had been some trash talk between opposing players, and some involving carrot cake. There are thousands of plushie spiders here in the Stadium, and I admit I have a bit of a soft spot for spiders that look cute so I'm taking one of these home with me.

The first half was evenly contested as the Tide is trying to put a stop on the upstart Mayors and move on to the next round while the Mayors are trying to merely survive and change the momentum of the series. Bangor's Lance Wildfyre and Randulf Mackenbach unsurprisingly sunk in shot after shot, but the main surprises came from Huntsville's Jerome Swimmer as the former FBA Developmental League's "All-Star" MVP shone brightly from the bench, ending the game with 18 points, which was remarkable considering he was on the court a little less than 20 minutes of the game and led the entire team in points except for Harrison York. Both starting and opposing Shooting Guards, Leon Delmont and D'Angelo MacQuilkin, struggled on their shots and both only managed to score on the single digits. Bangor's post suffered as Cassidy Whitelatch suffered an abs injury in the third quarter, and Harrison York took control of the game, ending with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Despite strong scoring efforts from Bangor's bench players such as Pura Doris Quaatsch, Deigo Imperio, and Arex Gonnes Katu, the Mayors' bench contributed better in the wider spectrum. The home crowd left disappointed as the Tide failed to put away the upstart Mayors as Huntsville wins the game 127-122. Harrison York has earned POTG honors.

The Tide still holds the advantage in this series, 3-2, but the Mayors are scratching hard to make a comeback.

~Tashira Rucson

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Baltimore Spirits @ Williamsburg Minutemen

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Spirits 33 30 26 15 104
Minutemen 20 28 31 22 101
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Arena: Patriot Stadium - Williamsburg, VA

Player of the Game: Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F) - 35 pts, 6 reb, 3 ast
Promo: Playoffs Round 1 Game 5

   

 Rodger Umaechi


It's your Rad Jag, Zane Donovan, live from Virginia! We're here on Game 5 of this series that pits out two division rivals, the Williamsburg Minutemen and the Baltimore Spirits. The Virginia-based team juuuuust edged out the Spirits on the divisional title, but being 2-wins a piece, this might be the one where it'll all be decided, so players, take it away!

The Spirits waste no time in recovering for the last loss in home soil, with Erik Toivonen opening up the score for this evening, followed by two easy shots by the coffeehusky, one three, establishing 7 over 0 in less than two minutes! Williamsburg didn't slack, as McCloud went for an alley-oop shortly after, and a minor fessup by Munteanu put Crystal Davis on the free-throw line for a 4 point play. Nevertheless, the Spirits didn't come to just play, as the 13 point lead shows all of us!

BAL 33 WIL 20

The second quarter came around and Williamsburg definetly didn't want to fall short, as Mikaylah Marley sent a rain of threes blazing through the away team's lines. But once Toivonen stole the ball from the home team, it was a straight-up assault: Fed by Rob the Mun, Umaechi stormed through the woods to bring up his score from 10 to 18, as La Tierra and Marley kept up against the Toivonen-Hartnett walls. As this quarter seemed up to end in a 28-28 tie, a last-second shot by Jõao-Miguel Tavares squeaks through to give the Spirits another lead

BAL 63 WIL 48

As the bench moves up to let the starters rest, the SAS-adquired pieces, DVS and LV came through to defend the fort, but a big crash against Toivonen sent the black feline down with an injury. In a series this close, it may spell trouble in the near future. Umaechi kept the scores up, but Williamsburg found a way to close the gap, Hu and Rebecca keeping the visitors at bay. Williamsburg seems to have recovered their mojo, and even with a 10-point decifit, sure still feels like it's anyone's game

BAL 89 WIL 79

The Minutemen kept up as they took advantage of the early distraught mindset the McDyess' injury gave the Spirits. Renee Fiora and Marcella Oliviera's efforts shown strongly, as they managed to chip up on the gap more and more and morneuntil it was a tied game. Neither McCloud, Hartnett or Hu were intent in ceding, as it kept 101 a piece for the longest time, between missed shots and blocks. It seemed this game is going to go overtime unless a shock came upaaaaaaand Umaechi with a surprise three in the very last second! Giving this one to the Spirits! Without much excitement from home, the coffeehusky was named Player of the Game, while Toivonen and Hartnett can boast their double-doubles. Marley with a big number from their bench, and Fiora and McCloud with double-doubles of their own. This series might have tipped in favor of the Spirits, but it's all far from done as we go to Baltimore next. This has been Zane Donovan! Bag it and tag it!

BAL 104 WIL 101


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Pittsburgh Keystones @ Tennessee Moonshiners

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Keystones 32 23 25 35 115
Moonshiners 26 15 33 28 102
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Arena: The Still - Nashville, TN

Player of the Game: Shirley Takamoto (Jaguar, F/G) - 23 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast, 3 stl
Promo: Playoffs Round 1 Game 5

   

 Shirley Takamoto

After a lackluster performance from Terrence Tolliver (Pronghorn, G) in Game 4, Coach Ngozi surprised fans by benching the antelope in favor of Tyrone Gale (Horse, G/F), the sophomore horse who has spent most of the season impressing from the sixth fur position but has little experience as a starter. Rumors swirling through the equine grapevine had it that the switch was ordered by the big horse himself, Pittsburgh Keystones General Manager Mark S. Quintaux. Quintaux is a known supporter of increased equine involvement in the FBA, and has pursued free agents such as Christiaan Hengst (Friesian Horse, C/F) and Waylon Stone (Horse, C) over other, subjectively more talented candidates.

With the switch the Keystones' starting line horsepower was literally doubled. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Moonshiners' starting line alligatorpower was literally halved. With Darius Cole (Alligator, C) out with a thigh injury Coach Couture moved Hal Dufrain (American Alligator, F/C) to center and promoted Marshall Anderson-Rhodes (Clouded Leopard, F) to starting power forward.

Whatever the reason, the Keystones' gambit paid off in Game 5. On the brink of elimination and playing in perhaps the biggest game of his career, Gale came through. The Canadian percheron proved a foil to Tennessee shooting guard Jonas McMillan (Timber Wolf, G/F) and a perfect complement to the pinpoint passing of Randy Catcher (Bullfrog, G) (13 assists) and the irrepressible shooting of Shirley Takamoto (Jaguar, F/G) (23 points).

Nevertheless, the Moonshiners still might have finished off the Keystones and the series and if not for an unexpected hero for the Pennsylvanians in the form of Alan Murphy (Kangaroo, F). A fixture in the franchise, the marsupial delivered an electric performance in the second quarter that helped elevate the visitors to a 55-41 lead at halftime. In just under 8 minutes on the court, Murphy racked up 17 points as he went a shocking 7-for-9, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range. The 'roo may be determined to do whatever it takes to get his championship ring before age catches up with him.

The 14 point halftime deficit proved too much to overcome, and not even a 28 point, 11 assist performance from star Hank Sawyer (Virginia Opossum, G) could prevent the Keystones from cantering to a 115-102 victory in Game 5. The series returns to Pittsburgh for Game 6 on Wednesday with the Moonshiners still clinging to a 3-2 series lead.

-S. St. James


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